Karoshi – Death by Overwork

Another day of school and it only keep making me realize I made the right choice for my life.

Today’s topic is TRUE for my life and feel that is being made abundantly clear to me with my latest endeavors.

“Choose a job you LOVE, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Sounds a little crazy I know, but I am a living example of this, GRATEFULly.

A couple of years back I started suffering from violent abdominal pains along with nausea and cramps that eventually led to severe dehydration and malnutrition which had me in a state of health that was far from appropriate for my age or lifestyle.

I mean I can be honest and say that I was not eating really healthy, exercising, or sleeping enough. Looking at this now you could probably say a lot of this was partially due to my severe dissatisfaction for being a cubicle lackey. No offense to any individual, but let’s get real, there is nothing healthy or enjoyable about sitting in front of a small computer screen, under bright fluorescent lights, staring at grey fuzzy walls for hours on end.

Let’s speculate a bit on why I wasn’t eating healthy first, when you are stuck in an environment of life stealing electronics that set your natural balance of serotonin off kilter then you will be prone to eat foods that make you feel good in order to provide an emotional high to balance yourself back out. What does that mean? Our bodies are so depleted of energy trying to maintain our hormones from work, that we constantly seek out complex carbohydrates, fats and sugars so that our body can convert them into quick energy. Most of these foods are not healthy but provide a quick response at the cost of nutritional value which means we are effectively poisoning our bodies in order to restore our basic chemical balance.

Now you say exercise? Don’t give me excuses on why you can’t work out after sitting all day you are just being lazy!

As easy as it is to be so negative that is not really the case, when you are sitting in a chair for an extended period of time looking at your computer monitor you are over using your postural muscles. These muscles are not normally trained or developed in any sense and when they are forced to hold a position for an extended period of time they are actually being injured due to abuse. Once your day is completed you are completely exhausted, consider it like trying to hold a push up for hours in a day, sounds pretty tiring to me. Of course the last thing you want to do after all that physical exertion is go exhaust some different muscles especially since you are still busy trying to balance out your hormones that are now producing in large quantities to heal your injured postural muscles.

Exhausted, under nourished and mentally drained you would think that sleep would be pretty easy.

If only that was true.

Remember those hormones I keep talking about? Yeah those little guys are really important for sleep and especially REM sleep which is where you actually can heal yourself from the day. It’s no surprise then that America is highly addicted to chemical substances that can be used to force a hormonal response in bodies in order for us to find a little peace from the insanity we call work. Can you tell me that sounds like a prosperous choice for living? When you look at the staggering cost of all of hormone balancing substances whatever they may be, does it really seem logical to take that job that you hate just because it pays well?

I feel that we as working class people have been duped into believing in a few different lies but the biggest one of all is that these jobs are the future. Corporate jobs of this sort are a dangerous risk that provides an illusion of security in exchange for our health and sanity. Well I can say right now that there is no amount of money that can ever be paid to an employee to compensate them for the years of their life that are being stolen in this exchange. Most major companies even know this, but of course they are not interested in paying you what you are worth because that means the select few at the top of the company would not be able to afford their materialistic greed, luxury vacations or lavish lifestyles that they live in order to compensate themselves for the health that they are sacrificing from the exact same practices.

This is not a call to arms by any means though this is more of a young man asking you a simple question.

If you were on your death-bed with only minutes left to live and someone offered you more time to live or money which would you take? That question should be pretty simple but with that being said if you can agree that your time is worth more than money then why are you willing to sacrifice it right now when tomorrow is not guaranteed? Will you look back on your life and say, ” Wow that was some good money I made.” or would you say, ” Wow those were some great times.”

So do yourself and your loved ones a favor start looking into doing something that you enjoy, so that you enjoy all that you do and can make the best of the time you do have. Just remember you are worth More Than Gold.



Below I have provided a link to a great related article that provides some awesome suggestions on how to keep from suffering Karoshi – Death by Overwork.


*More Than Gold and it’s authors are not medical professionals and are not meant to supplement medical council so if you have any questions about whether or not these health concepts should be applied in your life these please discuss this with a licensed medical professional of your choice*

About sardeneaux

Raised as a preacher's kid for most of his adolescence, Sam is a young man who has come value LOVE and AUTHENTICITY more than anything else. Through the creation of MoreThanGold he hopes to provide a space for personal growth that will inspire others to remember their true worth.

Posted on September 19, 2013, in Journal, Reflections, Sam and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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